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D/S Siremalm
Updated June 13-2012

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Crew List

Picture received from Mr. W. McDougall, whose half brother's father, Able Seaman Brynjulf Thu, was on Siremalm when she was sunk - see crew list below.

Owner: A/S Helgøy
Manager: A. I. Langfeldt & Co., Kristiansand
2468 gt, 4300 tdwt
Signal Letters: LCSA

Built by A. Rodger & Co., Port Glasgow in 1906. Previous names: Craigisla until 1910 (D. Russel & Co., Leith), Ottawa until 1935 (W. Gørrissen, Christiania), Senta until 1939 (when she was sold by Ole L. Løkke to A. I. Langfeldt & Co., and renamed Siremalm).

Captain: Haakon Svendsen

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2

Please compare the above voyages with Arnold Hague's Voyage Record below.

Voyage Record
From Apr.-1940 to Sept.-1941:

(Received from Don Kindell - His source: The late Arnold Hague's database).

Follow the convoy links provided for more information on each.

Errors do exist, and some voyages are missing.

Departure From To Arrival Convoy Remarks
1940 Apr. 6 Torrevieja Gibraltar Apr. 8 Independent See also Page 1
May 15 Gibraltar Cardiff May 24 HG 30 Via Falmouth
(Page 1)
June 2 Cardiff Halifax June 16 Independent
June 25 Halifax Sydney, C.B. July 4 Independent Voyage data unknown
July 5 Sydney, C.B. New York City* July 14 Independent *Arrived Pushthrough, N.F. July 6
St. John's N.F. July 14 (Page 1)
July 14 New York City* Halifax July 17 Independent *From St. John's, N.F.
(Page 1)
July 19 Halifax Liverpool Aug. 3 HX 59 On to Manchester (Page 1 - Also, missing movements)
* Sept. 13 Liverpool Dispersed Sept. 18 OB 213 Convoy available at OB 213
(external link)
* Sept. 17 Liverpool Liverpool Sept. 15 OB 215 Put back*.
Convoy available at OB 215
(external link)
Sept. 21 Dispersed from OB 215 St. John's, N.F. Sept. 29 Independent
* These entries have become somewhat mixed up. Siremalm left River Mersey Sept. 13, put back Sept. 15, left again Sept. 17 and arrived St. John's, N.F. Sept. 29, Convoy OB 215 having been dispersed on the 21st - See Page 1
Oct. 4 St. John's, N.F. New York City* Oct. 12 Independent *Arrived Roddickton Oct. 7, back to St. John's, N.F. Oct. 12
(Page 1)
Oct. 14 New York City* Sydney, C.B. Oct. 17 Independent *From St. John's, N.F.
(Page 1)
Oct. 24 Sydney, C.B. Clyde Nov. 9 SC 9 See also narrative below
Nov. 22 Clyde Methil Nov. 26 WN 43 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
Nov. 30 Methil Rochester Dec. 2* FS 348 *Page 1 gives arrival Dec. 4.
Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
Left Rochester Dec. 19
(Page 1).
Dec. 24 Southend Tyne Dec. 26 FN 367 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
1941 March 1 Tyne Methil March 2 FN 419 Convoy available at link above
* March 3 Methil Oban March 6 EN 80/1 *Did not sail with convoy.
Available at EN convoys
(external link)
March 4 Methil EN 81/1 Detached to Iceland March 8, arrived Reykjavik March 10
(Page 1).
Convoy available at link above
March 21 Reykjavik Halifax Apr. 2 Independent Torpedoed - See narrative below
Apr. 5 Halifax New York City Apr. 8 Independent
May 25 New York City Sydney, C.B. May 29 Independent
June 1 Sydney, C.B. Loch Ewe June 19 SC 33
June 21 Loch Ewe Methil June 23 WN 143 Convoy available at WN convoys
(external link)
June 24 Methil Southend June 26 FS 524 Convoy available at FS convoys
(external link)
See also Page 2
July 4 Southend Tyne July 5 FN 488 Convoy available at FN convoys
(external link)
Aug. 16 Tyne Oban Aug. 18 EC 60 Convoy available at EC convoys
(external link)
Aug. 20 Oban Cadiz Sept. 1 OG 72 Convoy will be added.
See ships in OG convoys
Sept. 7 Cadiz Gibraltar Sept. 9 Independent
Sept. 9 Gibraltar Almeria Sept. 10 Independent
Sept. 11 Almeria Gibraltar Sept. 12 Independent
Sept. 17 Gibraltar HG 73 See also HG 73
(external link).
Sunk - See "Final Fate" below

 Some Convoy Voyages – 1940: 
For information on voyages made in between those mentioned here, please see the documents received from the National Archives of Norway and A. Hague's Voyage Record above. Follow the convoy links provided for further details; several Norwegian ships took part.

According to Page 1 of the archive documents, Siremalm left Torrevieja for Porsgrunn, Norway on Apr. 6-1940, but was diverted to Cardiff (Norway was invaded Apr. 9; as can be seen, she had just been to Bergen, Norway at the end of March). She stopped at Gibraltar on Apr. 8, remaining there for over a month before joining Convoy HG 30 on May 15, arriving Cardiff, via Falmouth, on May 24. Early in June, she proceeded to Halifax, heading back to the U.K. again on July 19 in station 62 of Convoy HX 59. Her destination is given as Manchester, cargo of wood pulp. She arrived her destination on Aug. 4 and it looks like she remained there for over a month as well. According to A. Hague, she later joined Convoy OB 213, leaving Liverpool on Sept. 13, but as can be seen in the Voyage Record there appears to be some confusion with the entries for this period. A. Hague has also included her in Convoy OB 215, which left Liverpool on Sept. 17 and dispersed on the 21st, though with a note saying "put back" (see external links provided in Voyage Record). Note, however, that the archive document says she put back on Sept. 15 (having left River Mersey on the 13th - so it's possible she had been in OB 213 for a little while, before returning to port), then left again on Sept. 17 and arrived St. John's, N.F. on the 29th*. She was scheduled to return in the Sydney, C.B. portion of Convoy HX 81 the following month, but did not sail and also appears to have been cancelled from HX 82, joining instead the slow Sydney (C.B.)-U.K. Convoy SC 9 on Oct. 24, cargo of pulp wood for Rochester, where she arrived, via Greenock and Methil Roads, Dec. 4. She later spent over 2 months at Tyne - reason not known.

*It'll be noticed in the Voyage Record that A. Hague says she made a voyage to New York City in this period, but this is not mentioned on Page 1. He also says she had made a voyage to New York in July that year; again, this is not noted on the document.

 Torpedoed - 1941: 

Jürgen Rohwer says that Siremalm was torpedoed and damaged on March 23-1941 by U-110 (Lemp), position 60 35N 28 25W. I have not seen this episode mentioned in any of my Norwegian sources, but I've received an official report which describes what happened from John Granath, Canada (from Canadian archives). See also the external link below.

Siremalm was on a voyage from Reykjavik to Halifax at the time, having departed on March 21 carrying, among other things, a bag of mail from the Army post office in Iceland. She had a crew of 25 Norwegians. Armament consisted of a 4" gun and 3 machine guns. At 02:30 GMT on the 23rd, when in the position given above, a loud noise was heard on the port side close to the ship. The officer on watch saw a splash in the water followed by a sharp contact on the port side amidships. All bilges were sounded and found to be dry but from the engine room it was reported that there was a big indent in the vicinity of the boiler room. The ship was shelled twenty minutes after what is referred to as "the collision with this submerged object", time is given as 02:50 GMT, and she was hit once by a large shell and once by a small shell.

Further examination of the damages later revealed a hole in the port side, possibly made by the large shell, also some smaller damages. They proceeded at highest speed while Radio Operator M. Jørgensen used the W/T to broadcast SSS; attacked by submarine (no answer was received; the message was sent 3 times). The gun was loaded and manned and smoke floats made ready, but the gun was not used for fear of giving away their position and making the ship a target. The captain reported that the attacking vessel was showing 2 red lights when last seen. Siremalm continued her voyage while zig-zagging, and arrived Halifax without further incident on Apr. 2, continuing to New York 3 days later, according to Page 1 of the archive documents. It's possible some repairs were made at New York, because she remained there until May 25, having arrived Apr. 8.

From New York, she proceeded to Sydney, C.B. and at the beginning of June-1941, she joined Convoy SC 33, steel and lumber for London.

It looks like she had another long stay at Tyne that summer - see Voyage Record above and Page 2. From Tyne, she proceeded to Oban on Aug. 15, subsequently joining Convoy OG 72, which had originated in Liverpool on Aug. 19-1941 and arrived Gibraltar on Sept. 1. Siremalm, however, was bound for Cadiz, where she arrived on Sept. 1, having started out from Oban on Aug. 20. OG 72 will be added to its own individual page in my Convoys section, but in the meantime, the ships sailing in it are named on the page listing ships in all OG convoys. She later sailed to Gibraltar, with arrival Sept. 9, continuing to Almeria that same day, then back to Gibraltar, arriving Sept. 12.

Related external link:
Uboat. net also has an account of the above attack, saying that Siremalm had been spotted at 12.00 hours the day before and that the U-boat had lost contact temporarily due to aircraft that forced her to submerge. The site adds "After spotting the ship again, a stern torpedo missed at 03.14 hours and three minutes later a bow torpedo. 15 minutes after hitting the ship with the dud torpedo, Lemp attacked with all guns, but the barrel of the deck gun exploded on the first shot because the gun crew forgot to remove the water plug. The U-boat opened fire only with the 37mm and 20mm AA guns, scoring two hits in the hull on the port side of the ship" and "When U-110 tried to chase the ship, they suddenly begun to dive and had to stop. An examination of the deck showed that splinters of the exploded barrel had damaged some pipelines, which led to the unintentional diving and the damage forced the U-boat to abort the patrol".

 Final Fate - 1941: 

In the fall of 1941 Hitler demanded that German U-boats be placed in the Mediterranean, in order to help protect the convoys carrying supplies for the German Africa corps which was advancing towards Egypt. A considerable amount of boats were released, and in the course of the latter part of the year several U-boats had successfully gotten through the straits of Gibraltar, making the passage of north/southbound Atlantic convoys more dangerous for the Allies. Additionally, German Focke-Wolfe bombers and reconnaissance aircraft were operating west of Gibraltar, sinking ships as well as directing the U-boats towards their goals.

As mentioned above, Siremalm had arrived Gibraltar from Almeria on Sept. 12-1941. With a cargo of 4000 tons iron ore for Barrow, she left Gibraltar again on Sept. 17, joining Convoy HG 73, which suffered great losses. The convoy was initially shadowed by Italian submarines, though without causing any harm, but it was later located by German aircraft, which then notified the U-boats nearby. According to J. Rohwer, Siremalm was torpedoed by U-201 (Schnee) on Sept. 27. However, a recent re-assessment of events indicates that the culprit may have been U-124 (Mohr) in the evening of the 26th. See the discussion at's forum starting here (the info on Siremalm is in this reply) as well as this Reassessment of U-boat attacks (all are external links). Page 2 of the archive documents gives sinking date as Sept. 27 at 03:27.

She sank immediately, position 49 05N 20 10W (Hocking gives "about 700 miles west of the Bishop Rock"). There were no survivors; 20 Norwegian, 3 Finnish, 1 Swedish and 3 British seamen died (or possibly 21 Norwegians, no Swedish - see misc. notes below).

D/S Varangberg was also sunk in this convoy. (Follow the link to my page about HG 73 for more info on the other ships sunk).

For info, U-124 had also been responsible for the attack on Cubano - follow the link for details.

Crew List - No survivors:
* Konrad Olsen had previously served on Eastern Star (but is not included in the crew list at time of loss).
Stoker Schelderup had served on Mathilda and Stoker Olsen had been on board Spind when sunk the previous month.


Haakon Svendsen

1st Mate
Peder Nyberg

2nd Mate
Einar Nicolaysen

Radio Operator
Magne Jørgensen

Stian Rasmussen

Able Seaman
Bjarne Engelsen

Able Seaman
Brynjulf Thu

Able Seaman
Arne Olsen

Able Seaman
Edvin Tollefsen

Able Seaman
Leif Myntevik

Able Seaman
Petti Kivikoski

Able Seaman
Erkki Tompuri

1st Engineer
Olaf Jensen

2nd Engineer
Allan Andersson

3rd Engineer
Konrad Olsen*

Olaf Hansen

Kaare Schelderup*

Hermod Jensen

Gunnar Aktmann

Gunvald Olsen*

Malbert Johansen

Hans Leonard Ness

Ansgar Falk

Egil Ragnar Egeberg

Mess Foreman
Arthur Welsh*

S. Keyworth

? Hemingway*

* Arthur Welsh is listed as "Boy" on The Commonwealth War Graves Comm. website. I cannot find S. Keyworth, however, there's a Gunner Eric Hemingway listed as having died on the date Siremalm was lost. Additionally, Billy McGee, England has told me that there's a Fireman and Trimmer John Callister Allen commemorated at Tower Hill, Panel 98 - see this page - however, he was not included in the official crew list for Siremalm. All these links are external.

Related external links:
Stavern Memorial commemorations - 21 are commemorated at this memorial for seamen in Stavern, Norway. **Note that Engineer Allan Andersson, who's listed as Swedish in the crew list above, is included; in other words, he appears to have been Norwegian.

HG - 73, 19th to 28th September 1941
| Adalbert Schnee
U-boat war in the Mediterranean

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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume II, Norwegian Maritime Museum, and misc., some of which are mentioned in the text above - (ref. My sources).


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